Domingo sings Verdi – Baritone arias from Macbeth, Rigoletto, Un ballo in maschera, La traviata, Simon Boccanegra, Ernani, Il trovatore, Don Carlo & La forza del destino

Reviewed on Fri 20 Sep, 2013

Plácido Domingo has achieved great things in Verdi throughout his long career, and that shows few signs of changing in his debut recital recording as a baritone. As attentive as ever to the text, nuance of vocal line and character of the role he sings, Domingo offers key arias and scenes from nine operas. Yes, the voice does show its age slightly in preparation and production of the sound, but not in a way that unduly affects its tonal quality. This is also, for the most part, to the benefit of roles such as Germont (La traviata), Macbeth, Simon Boccanegra and Rodrigo (Don Carlo). Elsewhere, perhaps a little youthfulness can be found wanting, but this hardly diminishes Domingo's overall achievement. The Valencia orchestra and chorus perform creditably under Pablo Heras-Casado's attentive baton, further enhancing his growing reputation. The smaller solo roles that fill out various scenes are well cast too. First-class recording quality, notes, texts and translations complete a highly recommendable release.
–Evan Dickerson